Hyderabad: Telangana has decided to promote cultivation of alternative crops on a large scale commencing from the ensuing Yasangi (Rabi) season.
Considering the recommendations of the Research and Analysis wing of the Marketing department, the farmers are being advised to cultivate pulses, oilseeds, and vegetables among other crops to meet the market demand.
In the wake of the Centre repealing the farm laws, Agriculture Minister S Niranjan Reddy on Tuesday directed the officials of Marketing department to strengthen the agriculture market yards and also the marketing system in the State. He suggested that the market yards should focus on creating necessary infrastructure to easily accommodate a variety of agricultural produce in future. He wanted them to collect the marketing fee in a systematic manner and also keep monitoring the border checkposts.
There is a huge market for Sri Gandham with a requirement of about 20,000 tonnes per annum and the Forest regulations should be simplified for selling them, the Minister said. Currently, Sri Gandham is being cultivated in about 4,000 acres in the State and has potential for an increased cultivation area.
Meanwhile, Niranjan Reddy said the proposals were ready for establishment of agriculture market yard with international standard facilities and works will be taken up soon after obtaining necessary permissions from Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao. It was decided to establish a market yard for mango crop at Kollapur which in turn would reduce burden on Hyderabad fruit markets.
To ensure that farmers who are cultivating horticulture crops do not suffer losses, the Minister directed the officials to study markets in different States and take measures to increase their profitability. He wanted them to make the study report available for farmers in all Rythu Vedikas. He asked the officials to set up chilli trading units at Warangal and Khammam.
He also directed the officials concerned to make necessary arrangements including timely supply of seeds and fertilisers to support farmers in Yasangi season. He asked them to submit a report on an action plan to strengthen HACA and supply groceries to residential welfare hostels and Gurukul schools. The officials were instructed to expedite construction of godowns.
Agriculture Secretary M Raghunandan Rao, Marketing director Laxmibai, Horticulture director Venkatram Reddy and other officials were present.
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